Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

Moderators: metraRI, JamesT4

  by AmtrakFan
6187 and 6188 were on the 2:32 Local.

  by metraRI
8607 and 8608 have been delivered to BNSF, as 8607 was that 8500 on SWS (with a BNSF set). 8508 was at 14th street coupled to 2 other coaches.

  by MetraBNSF
All the cab cars have been delivered. Only a handful of trailers remain to be delivered and should be delivered soon. The days of 790's and 800's leading on BNSF are over as 8500's, 8600's, and one or two 8400's lead.

  by Scotty Burkhardt
How many 8400's are assigned to BNSF?

  by MetraBNSF
I saw 8473 on a BNSF set a few weeks ago. It was not leading though.

  by metraRI
8605 is on SWS, on a SWS set. 14th Street removed a 7400 today and placed 8605 in front of 8475. Maybe 8605 is on SWS to stay for a while.

  by AmtrakFan
8607 and 8608 were on BN Train Yesterday and Saturday.

  by AMTK84
8588 was on a BN westbound yesterday; all we have now from MILW is (8580?) and 8587.

  by Scotty Burkhardt
I saw 8580 on MILW the other day.

  by AmtrakFan
Scotty Burkhardt wrote:How many 8400's are assigned to BNSF?
8472 as well.

  by VRELackie
If anyone is interested ... the VRE in Virginia is picking up the order process from the new Metra Galleries.

I work for the consulting company in charge of this new car procurement process

As the new car stuff comes in i can get all sorts of pictures and info and post them. The VRE cars should be almost identical to the METRA cars.

The company i work for was also in charge of purchasing all the cars in this thread.

Although i can tell you Nippon Sharyo(the manufacturer) can be a bear to work with these are going to be GREAT cars

  by AmtrakFan
8478 was on a BN Run on Wedensday.

  by metraRI
Now that all of the 6000/6100 - 8500/8600 series cars have been delivered, the "New Cars II" Topic has lost its need to be stickied. The thread will be kept open for discussions, so feel free to continue posting.

  by byte
Those colors look good. Looks like what would have resulted had BN kept ownership of the commuter operation, and also adopted the experimental orange and black striping they put on some engines in the 80s.
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